Astrobe is supported on a range of development boards using NXP, STMicroelectronics and Xilinx devices. If you have not already chosen or designed your hardware we recommend starting with one of these boards for the quickest way to get up and running. The supported boards can be programmed from a Windows PC without any additional hardware.
The possible ways to program a particular development board depend on its capabilities:
- Mbed-enabled boards:
Connect the board to your PC via a USB port and it will appear as a removable drive. Select the Upload USB Drive command from the Astrobe Run menu.
- RISC5 FPGA boards :
Connect the board to your PC via an RS232 or USB serial port. Select the Upload UART command from the Astrobe Run menu.
- Other boards:
Astrobe creates BIN and standard HEX format files. These can be used with 3rd-party upload tools e.g. FlashMagic and ST-Link.
The Run command on the Astrobe Project menu opens a terminal window on your PC. You can use this window to send and receive text to / from your program on the microcontroller using functions from the Astrobe library modules In and Out. Diagnostic runtime error messages are also displayed in this window. The messages identify the line number and name name of the source code file where the error occurred enabling you to quickly pinpoint the source of the problem.
Supported Microcontroller Families
The startup files, library modules and linker included with Astrobe support the following microcontroller families:
- NXP LPC1768
Astrobe is supported on the following development boards:
Cortex-M3 Boards Price ARM LPC1768 mbed board $US 49 STM32 Nucleo-L152RE $US 13 STM32 Nucleo-F207ZG $US 23
Price Nucleo-F303RE $US 11 Nucleo-F303ZE $US 19 Nucleo-F334R8 $US 11 Nucleo-F429ZI $US 23 Nucleo-L432KC $US 11
Price Nucleo-F746ZG $US 23 Nucleo-F767ZI $US 23
Price Academic Price Cmod A7-35T $US 89 Arty A7-35T $US 129 Basys 3 $US 149 $US 112 Arty A7-100T $US 249 Nexys A7-100T $US 265 $US 199 Cmod S7-25 $US 69 Arty S7-25 $US 99 Arty S7-50 $US 129
Astrobe includes library modules which contain many of the register / peripheral definitions for the supported microcontroller families. Refer to the relevant NXP and STMicrocontroller User manuals for full operational details: